One big difference between technical writing and fiction writing is that technical writers are not forced to run an obstacle course to complete a project. If someone or something gets in the way of my project, I raise holy hell and there is some kind of resolution. Not so with fiction writing. When it comes to fiction writing, you have no leverage. No one respects you for your work. It’s far easier to sign up for the Marines’ Camp Pendleton Mud Run and endure skinned shins and wading through mud and slime than it is to get a book published. The fiction writing process assumes you are incompetent and untouchable until you successfully survive the vagaries of the publishing obstacle course. Sink or swim. And even if you are finally published, you may be disappointed when your hard work is tossed aside like a piece of rotting fruit because it didn’t initially sell enough to make someone all the dollars they expected.
So here’s my assessment: life is unfair and fiction writers have an especially hard lot. We don’t get a lot of support. Mostly we get beaten up or lead astray.
- What strategies are you using as a fiction writer to get where you want to go?
- Are you happy with your game plan or are you overwhelmed by all the demands that are made upon you that take you away from the true practice of your craft?
- What makes you keep on going or are you ready to throw in the towel?